Get all your holiday shopping done here with My Darling Vegan’s Vegan Holiday Gift Guide. With gifts for the chef, him & her, and even the pets, you’ll find something for everyone.
Happy December, my friends!
I’m over here scratching my head trying to figure out what happened to 2018. I mean, wasn’t it just February? Didn’t baseball season just start? Weren’t we all just enjoying our summer vacations?
Okay, okay. Before I get too worked up, I need to acknowledge that 2018 is not yet over. We still have one month to go and it’s one of the best – December! Some of you may know that before I had kids I was a bit of a grinch about Christmas. The holiday season felt like being stuck inside a magnificent commercial that would ultimately, always, leave me feeling a bit blue. Then I had kids and some of that magic around Christmas – the magic that I remember as a kid myself – the trees and lights and baking and songs all started coming back and every year that holiday magic gets stronger and stronger.
While gift giving it’s not a part of the holiday I particularly want to highlight, I do want to acknowledge the goodness around showing love through simple and intentional gifts. So I’ve compiled a vegan holiday gift guide to help you show love and compassion to the people you care about most this most wonderful time of year.
For the Chef
The last couple years have brought with them a number of incredible vegan cookbooks that would make perfect gifts. Some of my recommendations for all-around good cookbooks are Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen, The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook, Oh She Glows Everyday, and Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking.
Two of my favorite kitchen gadgets for around $50 are my Vegetable Spiralizer, perfect for creating a beautiful vegetable spiral for salads, zoodles (I hate that word), and garnish, and my Immersion Blender which I use for just about everything – pureeing soup, mashed potatoes, whipped dessert, you name it!
Among my kitchen recommendations for around $100 are the Air Fryer, Cast Iron Dutch Oven, Instant Pot, and a good quality knife. The Air Fryer can create healthier alternatives to fried foods while keeping the crispy crunchy texture we’ve come to love. I mean, it can do incredible things. The Instant Pot does it all. It’s a pressure cooking, slow cooker, steamer, rice cooker, and more. In fact, it’s 9 kitchen gadgets in one! And then, you can never go wrong with a good quality knife. My knife is my most used kitchen utensil by far.
Check out this vintage-inspired Snowy Lane 16-Piece Dinnerware Set from Sur La Table. It’s so classic and charming. Each piece has a hand-painted nostalgic winter scene that would make anything festive from here until the end of the year. So lovely!
I love my Dutch Oven from Le Creuset. Made from cast iron, they are perfect for slow cooking and simmering soups and stews. My Dutch Oven is one of the most useful and versatile kitchen tools I have. You will use this one over and over again (for soups, stews, sides, breads, and even desserts!) and it will last you a life time.
And if you really want to splurge, I can’t recommend the Vitamix enough. I use mine every day for smoothies, soups, nut-based cheeses, sauces, etc. I also love my KitchenAid Stand Up Mixer. It’s the perfect for the baker who loves to make cakes, cookies, and breads. You can get it with several different attachments allowing it to become one of the most versatile kitchen gadgets you have.
Support local businesses with these adorable and sustainably made kitchen magnets. How cute are they?! Or grab a My Darling Vegan re-usable grocery bag which not only cuts down on paper or plastic, but supports yours truly.
Finding the right vegan boot can be challenging but I have a couple of favorites. These faux-suede ankle boots are one of the best. It comes in black and light brown. Also check out Moo Shoes for all kinds of other options. Everything you’ll find at MooShoes is 100% vegan
I love the brand Matt & Nat for vegan bags, wallets, backpacks, and every other bag you can imagine. Like Moo Shoes, everything you’ll find at Matt & Nat is vegan. Check out this handbag for an idea of what you can get there. While you’re there, check out these backpacks too!
Endangered Species Chocolate makes the BEST gift for chocolate lovers. Not only are their chocolates AMAZING, their ingredients must meet strict standards for quality, ethical trade and environmental sustainability. If fact, they are so committed to sustainability that they give 10% net profit back to help fund projects that save animals and the environment. That’s a powerful Christmas gift!
I love everything by CrobinsonDesign, especially this adorable necklace. Again, another great way to support local small businesses. I’m also loving this vegan leather watch (for anyone who still wears watches).
I mentioned this one awhile back, but I love this faux-leather jacket. I’ve been wearing my all fall and it’s keeps me warm and cozy. For more wintery type jacket, check out PETA’s list of down-free cold-weather jackets.
As far as makeup and skin care, it can be hard to find good quality vegan options. However, I’ve found you a solution! Give a gift that lasts a year by buying a vegan beauty subscription box through Petit Vour which sends sample products to your home every month, allowing you to check out a variety of vegan options. Make sure also to check out their vegan leather line of bags and shoes!
I love the practicalness of a good vegan leather belt. The Vegan Collection has a whole line of faux-leather belts ranging in style and color. I especially like this reversible belt. Another great place to find vegan belts is over at Moo Shoes which also carries a large collection.
Check out these Vegan Chukka Boots. They are made with faux-leather for a simple yet sophisticated boot that can go with many different styles. Also, they are on a crazy sale right now over on Amazon – 33% off!
For an inexpensive (perhaps stocking) gift, check out these faux-wool slippers.
Does he like wine? I’ve got you covered! Dry Farm Wines is an exciting new wine club dedicated to natural, healthy, ALWAYS vegan wines. Monthly they mail out 6 bottles of additive and sugar-free wine. Wine right to his doorstep! And here’s the best part: you can get the first bottle for only a penny! Now that’s a gift to enjoy all year long.
You can find vegan wallets many places. I am particularly fond of the durable cork one pictured above. For more traditional faux-leather wallets, both Matt and Nat and Moo Shoes have some incredible options. I’m a big fan of this one right here.
There are so many things to keep in mind as a vegan and shaving is no exception. That’s why this shaving kit makes a nice gift. It comes with a wooden shaving bowl, organic shaving soap, and a badger brush which is all 100% vegan, hypoallergenic and 90% organic!
For the Pets
Get your dog or cat the most comfortable and sturdy pet bed with this sherpa pillow and faux-leather vegan dog bed. It comes in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes perfect for any cats and dog
Faux-leather collars for your dog and cat are the perfect way to give a little love to your furry friend. Here’s an inexpensive option with a lot of variety. You can also find faux-leather leashes for your dog here.
Keep your dog comfortable with this Snout Set and Pawdecure Pack. This pack contains snout and paw soother to prevent chapped, crusty, and damaged skin, and PawTector which is a wax barrier that protect paws from heat, cold, sand, and snow. All products are organic, vegan, and made in the United States.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my vegan gift guide. Happy December, everyone.
Written by My Darling Vegan